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This is the first book to present comprehensive strategies and techniques that enable organizations to take charge of their Enterprise Resource Planning projects to drive success. The author describes how to become less dependent on outside consultants, significantly reduce implementation and support costs, mitigate project risks, and design business solutions that work for your company.

This book also contains hundreds of tips to create internal project ownership, select ERP software, manage service providers, transfer software knowledge, develop the right implementation strategies, establish a realistic schedule and budget, and streamline business processes. It is a guide to making informed decisions during each project phase. The information is applicable to new implementations and system upgrades.

The book has been a #1 New Release on in the category of Business / Management and Leadership / Project Management and has sold in over 30 countries. Though written primarily for organizations or consultants facing the challenge of implementing ERP, the book is also used within higher education. Unlike many ERP books, it provides clear and actionable information that goes well beyond the theoretical understanding of the topic.


"You owe it to your company and yourself to read this book. If you do so, you will sharply increase your odds for success and spend a lot less money. Steve has done the ERP industry a big service." - Thomas F. Wallace, early ERP pioneer, author, and Distinguished Fellow at The Ohio State University Center for Operational Excellence.

"I love this book." - R. Ray Wang. CEO & Principal Analyst of Constellation Research and a founding partner of the Altimeter Group.

"There really aren't many "must-read" ERP books in the 30 year (or so) history of ERP, but you can add this book to the must-read list. The book fits nicely into what I call the Center of Excellence movement-the push by ERP customers to gain more value out of their ERP investments and endure less headaches." - Jon Reed, SAP/ERP Market Analyst

"If the Project Management Institute (PMI) had a certification program in ERP Management, this would be the only textbook needed." - Andy Klee, President, Klee Associates, (SAP), and (JD Edwards).

About the Author

Steven Phillips is an ERP professional with over twenty-seven years of implementation experience as a software consultant and a practitioner within industry. His background includes senior management education, software selection, project management, application consulting, process redesign, systems design, testing, training, and post go-live support.

This extensive knowledge is coupled with a rare combination of functional experience in operations management, IT management, and business re-engineering. His industry experiences include manufacturing, distribution, business services, and the public sector.

Steve has a degree in Production & Operations Management with advanced studies in Industrial Management. Previously certified by the American Production and Inventory Control Society, he has written articles appearing in APICS publications. He is also a featured contributor to several popular ERP software selection and project management websites.



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